THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: SYRIA, IRAQ, AND SEED BANKSMarch 2, 2018
Here's a bit of intriguing dot-connecting about GMOS to put in your GMO scrapbook:
One of the very interesting things about a "community-driven" blogsite such as this is that I am constantly amazed at people's ability to connect dots, and that's the case today with some very interesting dots connected by Mr. M.A., who took the time to share his labors, and whose dot-connecting I hope to do some justice to today.
First, a little context. Many readers here who have been following my various interviews and blogs over the years are probably already aware that I view the US "intervention" as being an operation with a multitude of objectives, among them obvious ones like "securing the oil supply"(Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria) to much less obvious ones such as "securing the drug supply"(Afghanistan) to securing access to potential ancient archaeological sites, ancient knowledge and its potential awareness of technologies and weapons of mass destruction (Iraq, Syria), and so on. Another way of putting that is that the so-called intelligence briefing about Saddam Hussein developing weapons of mass destruction, which turned out to be a complete fabrication (that is, if one were only looking for a-bombs and chemical and biological weapons) may not have been so, if one considers the angle of potential "ancient technology."
Which brings us to Mr. M.A.'s high octane speculation, which I am going to try to do my best to summarize, for there may be yet another motivation in addition to the above: seeds, and food, and more specifically, non-GMO seeds.
He begins by pointing out this old article from Zero Hedge, and specifically, one sentence within it:
Toward the end of this article, Mr. M.A. drew attention to this statement:
According to the Norwegian government, the seed vault has been used one time.Back in 2015, ICARDA International Research Center, which operated a location out of Aleppo, Syria, was blown up. The organization requested seeds from its deposits at Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which demonstrates the importance of the backup vault in the Arctic. (Emphasis added)
In other words, Syria had a natural seeds vault in Aleppo (see this article, says Mr. M.A.: In the midst of war, this Syrian seed bank is still going) which, gee whiz, turned out to be a hotbed of terrorist activity and a constant thorn in the government of Mr. Assad, until Mr. Putin decided to intervene and stop the Turkish-Israeli-Saudi-US-sponsored nonsense.
Funny how that worked out.
But wait, there's more: for in the second article linked above, one reads this:
The destruction of Iraq’s seed bank in Abu Ghraib in 2003, and the subsequent domination of Iraqi agricultural reconstruction by U.S. agribusiness interests, provides a cautionary tale. Here, destruction and reconstruction occurred over a decade rather than a millennium, transforming rural economies. When war ravages a country, the continuity of its agricultural systems is also destroyed. Farmers might keep their lives but lose land and seed stocks carefully stewarded for generations because they lack the resources for reconstruction. (Emphasis added)
Abu Ghraib... a seed vault! You don't say! Was this the real reason that the "powers that be" were in such a snit to shut down media attention on American crimes against Iraqi prisoners there?
But wait, there's yet more: in that same second article, one reads that, lo and behold, there was yet another seed bank in - you guessed it - Kabul, Afghanistan (where presumably I.G. Farbensanto may have been concerned about the non-GMO opium poppy seeds):
ICARDA’s effort is itself a result of previous conflicts. In 2002, the American war in Afghanistan destroyed the national seed bank in Kabul, and looters completed the destruction unfinished by combat. ICARDA’s collection holds seeds salvaged from Iraq’s national seed bank in Abu Ghraib. These are among the collections duplicated in Svalbard. (Emphasis added)
And there's this, too, which conjures images of Mr. Putin, who, let it be noted, hails from St. Peterburg (the former Leningrad); the staff of the Syrian seed bank stayed on site to maintain it at the risk of their lives, for a very simple reason:
Employees without the means to flee crisis have preserved the facility, at considerable risk to themselves. In this, they are like the staff of the Vavilov Research Institute in Russia who would rather starve during the Siege of Leningrad than consume or surrender the seeds they guarded.
Well, if I were in high octane speculation mode, I'd say that this looks an awfully lot like a pattern of the deliberate destruction of seed banks of natural seeds in the Middle East, leaving the monopoly with the seed bank in Norway, while "American agricultural interests" entered the region and sold, you guessed it, GMO seeds. Gee, I wonder who would do such a thing, and why...
And if Mr. M.A's dot-connecting seems to be something of a one-off, think again. And I'll even give you a couple of clues: can you say "The Ukraine" and "Monsanto?" and "Black Sea ports"?
See you on the flip side...